It is odd to think that on January 10, 2016 my self and the other five members of the “Seraphic Six” will have been professed one year. This year has gone by very quickly and has had many changes. One change is that three of us are now serving on our own Fraternity’s Council at Greccio in Derry, NH. Another change is that somehow the Holy Spirit seemed to have presented me with this challenge of assisting my fellow young adults in their own Franciscan Journey within the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Region.
My Franciscan Journey started at a Fraternity in the Florida Keys called Stella Maris. It was a very small, but caring and beautiful group. I would shortly find myself moving to New Hampshire to my parent’s home due to some life circumstances. After nine months or so I received a new calling. I went to Loyola New Orleans to complete my Masters Degree and fell into my secular career which is also a calling of its own. There I was in formation and entered Candidacy at the St. Teresa of Avila Fraternity in the St. Joan of Arc Region. At the time that I graduated my job posted a position closer to home, and back home I was called. I finally professed with Greccio after a five year formation period. Although parts of my formation were difficult, I would not have had it any other way. I believe every hardship in my formation was in preparation for something which the Holy Spirit has called me to do in my vocation. I guess you can say this blog could more appropriately be called the sixth year.
This is the very short version of how I got here. The even shorter version is that God called, I answered, and it was one heck of a ride.
There is also a longer version too, as there is for all of us. The purpose of this blog though is not for me to talk about myself, but for me to give a short introduction and to say, that we are all here for the same purpose. My minister of the Greccio Fraternity tells people all of the time, that we do not become Franciscan in formation, we already are Franciscan. We learn what that means through our formation. For some of us in the 18-35 year old category we are faced with different challenges than those who have come before us. The Young Adult program of our Franciscan program is here to help support Young Adult Franciscans in the journey by creating a place for all of us to be able to exchange ideas and questions. As Franciscans we can all learn from each other no matter the age; however sometimes the support of our contemporaries is helpful.
Please know above all things that I although I have never met many of you, I am praying you for you every day. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-284-0839.
Pax et Bonum,
Heather Cherniack ofs